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Well I knew
What I didn't want to know
And I saw
Where I didn't want to go
So I took the path less traveled on
And I'll let my stories be whispered
When I'm gone...
-"As It Seems", Lily Kershaw
Excitement coursed through me as we passed into the town line of Forks. I rolled down the window, despite it being early March, and stuck my head out just as we passed the sign for Forks. Damp, mossy trees after damp mossy trees met my eyes, but I didn't care. As we pulled into the town center, I craned my neck, staring around.
"It's like Maine!" I said. "Except the Washington version."
"Wrong side of the U.S., Kate," my brother Tony said, reaching for his water.
"I know!" I stuck my tongue out childishly at him but continued to look out the window. "Are we almost there?"
"Nearly. Hey, look – there's the office." Tony pointed to a dentist's office tucked between a sandwich shop and a hardware store.
"I can't believe you dragged me across the entire United States to be a dentist," I teased, grinning at him. "29 years old and already going through a mid-life crisis."
Tony scowled and chucked his empty water bottle at me. "Can it, kid. It's an adventure, remember? Besides, Mom grew up around here, so it's not exactly strange."
"Yeah." I watched as Tony turned right, away from town. "There must be a lot of good hiking trails around here, huh?"
"Sure are! I looked them up before we left." Tony slowed down, searching for the street. "Tell you what – we'll go find a trail next weekend as long as you get your homework done."
"Sweet!" I bounced in my seat as Tony coaxed his beat up car up a hill. "I can't wait to get out. We've been stuck in this car forever!"
"Ten hours in a car with you is definitely forever," Tony grumbled under his breath. Ignoring my protest, he pointed at a two story white house. "Chief Swan lives there. Have any problems, talk to him."
"Guess throwing wild parties just down the street from the police chief is frowned upon, huh?" I laughed as Tony pulled into the driveway of our new house. The moving truck was already there, and the two movers were talking animatedly in the driveway.
"You throw a party, it won't be the police chief you'll need to worry about!" Tony yelled as I tumbled out of the car.
Gravel crunched under my converse sneakers as I bounded forward, staring up at our new house. It was a smaller two story house, painted brown. The trees surrounded it heavily, but there was still a decent sized yard. I fell in love with it instantly.
Tony was already unlocking the front door by the time I stopped admiring the outside of it, while the movers opened the back of their truck. I barreled past my brother, ignoring his startled exclamation.
The space inside the house was rather large. Ignoring the ground level, I thundered up the stairs. Poking around, I found a small bathroom, a master bedroom, and a smaller one. I stepped inside the smaller one, guessing it to be mine. There was a lot of space that would soon be filled with all of my clutter. Two windows gave me a view of the road, and another one to the side a view of the forests surrounding the house.
"Like it?" Tony asked, walking into the room. Below us, I could hear the moving guys start to bring things inside.
"Love it!" I replied enthusiastically. "I hope I'll actually like the school."
"I'm sure you will." He ruffled my hair. Scowling, I ducked under his reach, causing him to laugh. "Come on, let's get everything unpacked."
"Sing with me, sing for the year / Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear / Sing with me just for today / Maybe tomorrow, the good lord will take you away-"
I slammed my hand down on the button, shutting off my music alarm. Groaning, I threw back my warm covers and staggered out of bed, languidly getting dressed and running a comb through my hair before throwing it up in a ponytail.
Shuffling down the stairs, I paused at the bottom to pull on my converse sneakers. In the kitchen to my left, Tony was already seated at the table, dark circles under his eyes as he drank a cup of coffee. "Morning, kiddo."
"Morning." I crossed the floor to grab an apple from the fruit bowl, pausing to glance at a number of boxes that still needed to be unpacked.
"Got your school things all together?" Tony asked, folding up a newspaper. My mouth full of apple, I pointed to my backpack at the bottom of the stairs, in front of the door. Tony nodded and stood up, putting his empty mug in the sink. "Need a ride to school?"
"Unless you want me to walk," I said, flashing him a grin.
"As your older brother and legal guardian, I am under an obligation to make sure you get to the hellhole you call a high school safely," Tony shot back, shaking his head, a small smile on his face.
"Grab your coat and let's go."
Five minutes later I sat in the passenger seat of the small, compact car, my backpack resting on my lap. I stared out the window as the car roared out of the driveway and down towards the school. I noticed an antique orange truck backing out of Chief Swan's driveway in the rearview mirror. "Chief Swan has a kid?"
"Dunno." He squinted in the mirror. "I guess so."
The green scenery rushed by as we drove through the town, heading towards the high school. Like everything else in this town, it was right off the highway. As we pulled up into the parking lot, I noticed all of the cars were older and had seen better days. Tony's car fit right in.
I picked up my bag, opening the door and climbed out. Tony rolled down the window. "I'll be by after school to pick you up, 'kay?"
"Sure. Have a lot of fun being a dentist. Bye, Tony." I watched as he rolled his eyes at me, before driving out of the parking lot, leaving me standing there. I took a deep breath and started towards the school, ignoring the curious glances from other students.
Inside the main office, it was brightly lit and warmer than the outside air. The red-haired secretary immediately smiled at me. "You must be one of the new girls! Are you Isabella or Kate?"
"I'm Kate," I said as I stepped up to the desk.
"Ah, yes." The woman shuffled some papers. "Welcome to Forks! Here's your schedule." I took the offered papers and glanced it over. The classes were pretty straightforward. "Now you're taking a senior class during sixth period instead of biology, correct?"
I nodded. "Yeah. Environmental science."
She went through the schedule and handbook with me, explaining quickly and gave me a map of the high school before I left. Using the map I managed to make it to my first class just as the bell rang. I handed the slip to the teacher to sign, and in return he gave me the reading list for the year. "You can sit in the back with Isabella Swan," Mr. Varner directed.
I glanced at my seatmate as I sat down. She was thin and pale, with brown hair framing her face. She glanced at me shyly, and I smiled at her. "Hi! I'm Kate. I just moved here the other day."
She returned my smile. "Yeah, me too."
"Where'd you move from, Isabella?" I asked curiously.
"Phoenix, and you can just call me Bella."
Before I could ask another question, Mr. Varner started the class. I groaned when I realized we were starting The Great Gatsby. I had just finished that unit back at my high school in Maine. I resigned myself to the fact that I'd be bored for the next couple weeks, but still thumbed through the book for the rest of the period.
I had the next couple of classes with Bella, and found out that she was the daughter of Chief Swan, and lived just a couple houses down the road from me. I was pretty pumped at the thought, because I'd never had a friend that lived close to me before.
In another one of our classes, we met Jessica. Or, Bella met Jess, and introduced me later. On our way to lunch, Jess wouldn't stop chatting about different gossip circulating throughout the school. I didn't know anyone that she was talking about, so I mostly tuned her out, opting to scroll through my iPod music instead. Bella was too polite to say anything, and I followed her lead.
At lunch, the two of us were introduced to a variety of new people, who were all very cheerful and friendly, except for a girl called Lauren. I sat next to a girl called Angela with Bella on my other side as we ate our lunch.
Halfway through the meal, I was chatting with Mike about the hiking in the area. His parents owned a sporting goods store, so he was used to having a lot of people coming through, and was able to answer a lot of my questions. During a lull in the conversation, I heard Bella ask, "Who are they?"
Glancing up, I did a double-take. The people sitting at the table that Bella was staring at could all very well be movie stars on their way to the Oscars. They were inhumanly beautiful. My eyes passed over them, landing on a tall guy with curly blonde hair, talking to a pixie like girl with spiky dark hair. As the girl stood up to dump her tray, the guy glanced swiftly around the cafeteria. His eyes met mine for a fraction of a second before I looked away.
Jessica giggled. "That's Edward and Emmett Cullen, and Rosalie and Jasper Hale. The one who left was Alice Cullen. They all live together with Dr. Cullen and his wife."
"They are…very nice-looking," Bella said slowly.
Jessica giggled again, and I decided her laugh was annoying. "Yes! The big one, Emmett, is together with the blonde one, Rosalie. It's weird, I mean, they live together!"
I shrugged. "They're not related, though, so it doesn't really matter."
Jessica shot me a look before turning her attention back to Bella, continuing her explanation about the Cullens. I half-listened as I finished up my lunch. As the bell rang, I said goodbye to Bella and started for the door. She was disappointed that I wasn't taking biology with her, but I had taken that as a sophomore in my previous high school, so they put me in a senior science elective, Environmental Science.
As I stepped up towards the door, a burly senior shoved by me, his backpack sending me staggering into the person on my right. Cold hands gripped my arms, helping me upright, and I looked up to see Jasper Hale standing next to me, Alice by his elbow.
"Sorry, thanks!" I said, a slight laugh escaping me. To my confusion, he didn't let go of my arms. His honey gold eyes were narrowed at me in confusion, and my heart skipped a beat.
Alice leaned over and put a hand on his arm. Instantly, he let go and quickly stalked away. Confused, I looked over to Alice, who steered me out of the path of oncoming students. "Hi! You must be Kate, right?"
"Yeah. You're Alice, right?"
"Yes!" She beamed at me. "I can see that we're going to be very good friends! Trust me!" She hugged me suddenly. Beyond confused, I hugged her back, but couldn't help letting over a laugh over the whole situation.
"We'll have seventh period together, so I'll see you then, Kate!" Without warning she skipped away, leaving me behind in the hallway trying to process what happened. Realizing the halls were going to be empty in a minute, I turned on my heel and high tailed it to class.
This is the revised and revamped version of "Silent Serenity". Let's face it: the original story had so many errors and was going in ten different directions. I have a lot of great things planned out, and a clear direction of where I want to go with this version, so here's to a new start!
I hope to get some more chapters out soon, so please tell me what you think!